Prof. Ehab Abouheif, Dept. of Biology and a research team investigated which genes were being expressed during the development of antennae in male water striders. The antennae are used to grasp the females during mating. They then modified gene expression to see how this would be expressed in antennae development and success in mating. By doing so they were able to watch evolution in action.
Current research ethics focuses on protecting study participants, but according to bioethicists from McGill University and Carnegie Mellon University, these efforts fail to prevent harms that undermine the social value of research.
McGill University is building on longstanding research collaborations with Brazil by announcing four partnership agreements with Brazilian universities. These agreements are being signed this week by Prof. Heather Munroe-Blum, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University.
In a paper published this week in The Journal of Neuroscience, researchers from McGill University have demonstrated for the first time that there are specific neurons that respond selectively to first and second order sensory attributes.
A new study by Carsten Wrosch of Concordia University and Catherine Sabiston of McGill’s Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education found that breast cancer survivors who were able to let go of old exercise goals and set new ones increased their level of physical activity and showed an improved well-being overall.
A new McGill University study evaluating off-label prescribing of medications by primary care physicians in Quebec suggests the practice is common, although it varies by medication, patient and physician characteristics. The paper was published online today in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
The McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre is pleased to announce that they have been awarded funding totalling $7.6 million over a two-year period from Genome Canada’s 2010 Competition. This award, a record for Québec, will fund the operations of the Innovation Centre as well as the services offered to scientific communities in Québec, the rest of Canada and around the world.
A current controversy raging in evolutionary biology is about whether adaptation to new environments is the result of many genes, each of relatively small effect, or just a few genes of large effect. A new study published in Molecular Ecology by McGill biologist Andrew Hendry and a colleague from Basel University strongly supports the first “many-small” hypothesis.
The Lady Davis Institute (LDI) and McGill University are delighted to announce that Dr. Mark A. Wainberg has been awarded the 2012 Killam Prize in Health Sciences by the Canada Council for the Arts. He is the past Director of the LDI and is currently head of its HIV/AIDS research axis and Director of the McGill AIDS Centre.
Nearly one in five people suffers from the insidious and often devastating problem of chronic pain. That the problem persists, and is growing, is striking given the many breakthroughs in understanding the basic biology of pain over the past two decades. Research published online in Nature Medicine points to potential solutions.
Nine McGill researchers were among the 132 newly awarded or renewed Canada Research Chairs just announced by the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology. The McGill CRCs work in fields ranging from social statistics and family change to the cognitive neuroscience of attention and expectation.
In a study published in Nature, Alfonso Mucci, of the Department of Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences worked with colleagues from Concordia University to study the chemical makeup of sediment samples from oceans around the world to show how iron oxides can remove carbon dioxide from our atmosphere.
For those involved in managing the fallout from environmental disasters such as oil spills, it is essential to have tools that predict how the oil will move. McGill Engineering professor George Haller has worked with Prof. Josefina Olascoaga,from the University of Miami to develop a method that does not simply track: it actually forecasts major changes in the way that oil spills will move.
A recent study led by Gergely Lukacs, a professor at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine, Dept. of Physiology, and published in the January issue of Cell, has shown that restoring normal function to the mutant gene product responsible for cystic fibrosis requires correcting two distinct structural defects. This finding could point to more effective therapeutic strategies for CF in the future.